Mills & Syd

Mills & Syd

Monday, September 19, 2016

September catch-up

I love these Facebook reminders about what was posted on this day in the past.  Brings up such sweet memories!!  Bubba and rollie pollie Syd <3
JKK's birthday was a week and a half ago.  Happy birthday to our main guy!  In a shocking twist, he requested something other than our beloved Momofuku cake: raspberry cheesecake.  My first time to make one, and it actually turned out pretty delicious (if I do say so myself).
We went camping his bday weekend.  The weather felt very fall-like.  It was perfect.
Millie likes to eat her smores all stacked up correctly, but Syd prefers the deconstructed approach.  She saves the chocolate until the end when it is all melted in her hand.  What a cute mess.
Early morning rock-skipping lessons
Sometimes it hits me how grown up the girls are these days - like here when we decided to go shopping after school to find an engagement gift for our babysitter.  It's so easy now.   Everyone is well-behaved, and we had a lovely time looking at all of the jewelry and shoes and gifts in the store.  Girl stuff!
Our babysitter, Brittany, loved it!  And we love her.  She's the sweetest, and she brings her dog Remi to play with the girls.  It's so strange no longer having pets!  I miss them.  JKK isn't there yet.
Speaking of all grown up - look at Dan!  Coco has been posting his senior pics on fb, and we are loving it!  So fun to see the nieces and nephews grow up and do cool stuff.  It was just announced that Dan is a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, and we couldn't be prouder!
Syd's had a rough week...sort of puny and loves to tell everyone she has "runny poop", so I kept her home one day last week and she got the royal treatment.  Lunch with me and daddy at Mimi's cafe.  She chose to sit outdoors.  She chose pancakes for lunch.  She kept asking where Millie was going to sit.  Poor second child. ;)
Fun to give her some one-on-one attention this year while Millie is at big girl school!
School picture day!  She chose the dress, of course.  I think her baby even got in some of the shots!
Millie's first parent/teacher conference was last week, and it went well!  We found out Millie is the first "Terrific Kid" in her class this year.  Whatever that means.  More details to come.  Millie is doing well, making friends, and loves her teacher!  She loved showing us around her school, and Syd loved showing off her accessories.  I should've gotten a close-up...Syd has every bracelet and necklace on that we own, plus Millie's rockstar glasses and a princess crown headband.  I think we had a few double-takes walking down the halls. ;)
JKK's father's day gift was a night out to see Seinfeld!  So funny.  Definitely worth the trip to OKC.
Since we were in OKC, we had to stop by Abby's and see new baby Sawyer!  Aunt Dina is now Nonnie <3
Look at this baby doll!  So perfect.  I love new babies, especially when birthed by people I love.
Nana made all of this possible by letting the girls stay the night with her.  Thank you, Nana!!  I love when she sends me pics of the girls while we are away.  They love it at her house.  Makes me think of all the times I stayed at my grandparents' house.  So special.
Nana even takes them to birthday parties!  Very thankful.
Yesterday morning, Syd woke up with a fever.  Very odd, but no other symptoms so we went ahead with our plan to go for a bike ride.  It was so fun!  We rode all the way up to Bentonville for breakfast, the farthest we've gone yet!
Syd crashed on the way back though.  She sort of went downhill yesterday afternoon, just in time for family pics.  She was quite serious during the shoot, but I think we got some good ones!  Thankfully, Syd woke up much better this morning.  Must've been a 24 hour bug.
Millie was a trooper!  She rode on the pull-along behind JKK all the way there and back (about 14 miles).  It rained on us the whole way back and she never complained!  Looking forward to more bike rides now that the weather is getting cooler!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Back in the swing of things

School routine is back, and I've promised not to yell in the mornings.  So we have rules now, such as, you cannot play or pick up a toy until your clothes are on and hair is fixed!  It's hard.  Millie has been sleeping later, so I usually have to wake her up and then she feels rushed.  The struggle is real...for every family in America.  Thankfully the ride to school is always filled with music and laughing and 99% of time they get out of the car happy.
I cleaned out the upstairs closets and the girls have discovered headbands again.  Millie doesn't really care much, but Syd is thrilled to add accessories to her wardrobe.
Scooter girl!  She flies down the sidewalk, so we've been making her wear her helmet after a few crashes.
Still sporting a black eye from a twirling accident.  She pushes on her bruise really hard and then informs me it still hurts.
Look who came to visit!  Anybody want a hot dog from King Kyle??
Saturday morning trampoline fun
The Nanas came to our rescue: parents got a night out in Tulsa and the two Nanas took care of the kiddos for the night.  We decided the occasion was worthy of some TEAM NANA shirts.  I told Millie that Kyle's Nana was coming on Saturday.  She said "Is our Nana coming too?".  When I said yes, she said "well that's going to be a fun day!".  ;)  
We met up with some old friends from our Tulsa days to attend Wild Brew - thanks Nanas!
The kiddos loved it!
 A lot of time was spent sans clothes...the girls are rubbing off on Kyle.
We even got in some swimming...and snacks

Millie and Kyle had a cannonball contest
It was a tie.
Midge and I had some fun of our own in honor of Sunday funday. <3
Syd is absolutely loving school!  She loves her friends and her teacher.  She loves singing and dancing and the playground and reading.  She loves taking her lunch and even napping there.  The only thing she isn't loving is that the nap time isn't longer.  This girl loves to nap.  And accessorize.
This is Syd's sweet picture on Mrs. Kim's board; every morning, she has to find her name and match it up to her face.  I love it!  Brings back memories of when Millie had to do this.
Back to the Little Gym for Syd.  Much more her speed.  She's been slow to warm up to the guy teacher, but otherwise, she's loving being in there with her friend Tate.
Millie met the real Sugar Plum Fairy and was starstruck!  Some of the ballerinas there even went on pointe and Millie was quite impressed.  She's in a dance class at her school and she is really loving it. She's been practicing her positions and leaping all over the house.
Slumber party at Mimi's!
Mommy/daughter hugs
Aunt Dina will be a grandma any minute now!!
Papa cracks up at the girls non-stop.  Millie has zero interest in personal space.  Makes me so happy that the girls know Mimi and Pa so well.
The girls stayed at Mimi's while JKK & I went to a wedding! <3  I love weddings.  Fun date nights.
slumber party was a success...thankful they can sleep anywhere!
The perfect weekend to try out our new bike trailer for Syd and pull-along for Millie!  So happy about this.  We rode pretty far for our first time - up to a local restaurant, had a cookie and drink, and then headed back home.  It was hard pulling the trailer...good exercise.  Looking forward to doing this more when it cools off a bit.
Labor day was a good break for us all!  Lots of time outside, just relaxing.
love this beautiful freckled face
New helmet, new pose.  Sassy.
Another day, another headband.  Back to school!